I am a big fan of Tempier. This wine shows the heat of the vintage. Not that it's a bad wine, but it is very ripe, somewhat pruny and not typical of what I am used to in this wine. Dark in color. Not a lot of brett. Big, rich, somewhat fat palate. Sweet finish that lingers a bit.
Don't get me wrong: this is one of my all-time favorite wines. But the fiery canicule that hit Southern France during the summer of this vintage really affected this bottling. As usual, I loved the deep black fruit flavors and earthy, tarry, brambly notes that set Tempier's Migoua apart. There were some burnt s'more flavors going on in the background that I liked. But unlike other vintages, this one has lost its structure already. On the palate it's not flabby, more like gooey. Big, yes. Deep, yes. But I'm going to drink the rest of my bottles asap.
Decanted 1 hour. Heavy prune nose, grape and black cherry hard candy, molasses/caramel, a bit too alcoholic, wet gravel, and asphalt. Mid-weight palate with purple fruit, tangy acidity, greenish tannins, and a bland finish that is devoid of fruit flavor. Seems to be at peak maturity.
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